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February 25, 1974

Architectonics of Human Cerebral Fiber Systems

Author Affiliations

Mount Zion Hospital and Medical Center San Francisco

JAMA. 1974;227(8):945. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230210055030

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This is a beautiful atlas of the fiber systems of the human telencephalon, concentrating naturally on the white matter of the endbrain. Its main body consists of 148 plates in collotype, partly photographs of sections, partly drawings in the excellent style of Krieg, well known from his Functional Neuroanatomy and his many previous writings on the rat and the macaque brains.

The book is primarily concerned with the course and relations of the fibers rather than with the connections. It deals not only with the adult brain, but also, in great detail, with the development of the brain, starting with embryos of about 90 mm crown-rump length. Many fiber systems are much more clearly outlined in the embryo and the fetus because the myelination of the different systems occurs at different times.

The text, 52 large pages, systematizes the results. The first chapter briefly summarizes the development of the fiber